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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • among many other a statuette in Paris on a big square, symbolic place but not worth a trip
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  • Paris Métro stations in the past were the Bastille prison. And there are also a lot of small and large rally at the place de la Bastille. Featuring the country folk begun earlier democratization could hear of a place, even a really good place to relax, go to the Bastille square.
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  • Symbol of revolution in Paris, only p taking pictures, but around the neighborhood very charming, with its cafés and lenótre shop (macarons) that are delicious
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